Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hierarchy update

It was announced that the Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Bishop Leo Higi of Layfayette, Indiana and has appointed as the new bishop of this diocese Bishop-elect Timothy Doherty, a priest of the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois. Bishop-elect Doherty is 59.

With the retirement of Bishop Higi and the elevation of Bishop-elect Doherty, there are still four Latin Rite dioceses vacant in the United States: Harrisburg; PA; LaCrosse, WI; San Antonio, TX; Orlando, FL. There are now five Latin Rite ordinaries serving at or past 75, the age at which canon law requires bishops to submit their resignations to the pope: Bishops Skylstad and Boland of Spokane, WA, and Savannah, GA respectively; Archbishops Beltran and Brunett of Oklahoma City and Seattle, along with His Eminence, Justin Cardinal Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia.

Alithos Anesti

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